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Rachel Bright - Author

About the Author

Rachel Bright is a wordsmith, illustrator and professional thinker of happy thoughts. She has written several books for children, including Love Monster, The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could – winner of the Evening Standard Oscar’s Book Prize and the Sainsbury’s Book Award. Her books have sold over 300,000 copies in the UK alone and been translated into over 30 languages. She is also the creator of award-winning stationery and homewares range, The Brightside. Rachel lives on a farm near the seaside, with her partner and their two young daughters.

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10 Things you might not know about Rachel Bright:

She collects alphabets and hats and has a Nissan Figaro car which everyone says looks like a matchbox toy.

She used to be an air Hostess for Virgin Atlantic, when she got to visit Richard Branson's island of Necker.

She loves nothing more than getting all inky in the printmaking studio where she’ll often work super late, when there’s magic in the air.

She lives on a farm near the seaside, which she shares with her family, their dog Elvis and a cockerel called Herman.

She’s done zillions of different jobs before becoming an author and illustrator, including owning a landscape gardening business, being a life-guard and a TV extra (she was once taken hostage by Daleks in 'Dr.Who'). Her first proper boss was Samantha Cameron, now of No.10 Downing St.

She also runs an impressively global card and gift empire called ‘the brightside’ and occasionally practices her evil laugh.

She has hundreds of stories tucked away in her studio (an occasionally messy, converted caravan) which she can’t wait to turn into books.

She once won a week-long date in Tahiti, with ‘Man of the Millenium’ featured in Marie Claire magazine (and then spent a long time living it down).

She spent six years working as a copywriter in advertising, during which time she once had to dress up as a chicken.

She runs a really long way every day and has done loads of ultra-marathons all over the world, the most recent of which include the Atlantic Coast Challenge (3 marathons in 3 days) and the Midnight Sun marathon in the Arctic Circle.

Featured books by Rachel Bright

The Squirrels Who Squabbled

The Squirrels Who Squabbled

5+ readers

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/02/2018

UKLA Longlist Book Awards - 2019 | Two greedy squirrels learn to share in the third hilarious rhyming adventure from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could. Greedy squirrels Cyril and Bruce both have their sights on a very special prize: THE VERY LAST NUT OF THE SEASON! As the nut bounces crazily though the forest, the squirrels race after it, between the trees, over boulders, down the river and - ARGH! - right to the edge of a waterfall! Working together might be the only way to save themselves now ... A laugh-out-loud tale about friendship and sharing from the award-winning creators of The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could. Perfect for competitive friends and sibling rivals! APraise for The Lion Inside: 'heartfelt message, delightfully conveyed' Parents in Touch 'A delight to read over and over again' WRD'Captivating' Books for Keeps 'Will easily win over readers' The Book List 'Field is on top form, offering so many imaginative framings and irreverent characterizations that readers will feel carried along by his visual and comedic generosity.' Publishers Weekly 'Brilliant ... had me in hoots of laughter' The Bookbag Praise for The Koala Who Could: 'Fabulous rhymes, I'm in love with Kevin and would like to buy this for all my friends' children.' Claudia Winkleman

Mine!

Mine!

5+ readers

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2011

A light-hearted look at the thorny toddler issue of sharing from the award-winning illustrator Rachel Bright. How the twins Frankie and Fifi work out that sharing is much more fun than not is played out with wit and fun.

Other books by Rachel Bright

Love Monster and the Scary Something

Love Monster and the Scary Something

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2015

A funny and reassuring story in this monster hit series! It's way past bedtime o'clock in Cutesville and Love Monster is the only one who's wide awake... Or is he? As the sounds of the night make his imagination run wild... will he be brave enough to stare his fears straight in the googly eye? A heart-poppingly empowering, edge-of the-bed story, about how, sometimes, it's only when we face our fears, that we find out there was nothing to be scared of, after all.

Side by Side

Side by Side

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

An adorable bedtime picture book with a positive message about friendship and overcoming shyness. From Rachel Bright, the bestselling author of The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could. Little Mouseling lives with her family in Wintermouse Wood. She loves having a big family, but she's so small that she often gets left out when her older brothers and sisters go out to play. Can this shy little mouse find a best friend to stay by her side? This gentle, rhyming story is perfect for sharing with your little one at bedtime. Look out for The Koala Who Could: Winner of the Sainsbury's Book Prize 2017!

Love Monster and the Last Chocolate

Love Monster and the Last Chocolate

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/03/2014

A deliciously funny story about Love Monster, the only monster in Cutesville, from phenomenal, award-winning picture book talent Rachel Bright! When Love Monster finds a mystery box of chocolates at his door, he can't believe his luck. But he's soon thrown into a whirlwind of turmoil. Should he keep the chocolates for himself? Or risk the perils of sharing his good fortune with his friends? This super-funny-rumbly-tummy-sherbert-explosion of a story shows that when faced with the selection box of life, following your heart will bring you the best treats of all.

Love Monster and the Perfect Present

Love Monster and the Perfect Present

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Love is in the air again for Love Monster in this heart-tingling story from phenomenal, award-winning picture book talent Rachel Bright! It's Present Day in Cutesville, and Love Monster is on the lookout for something shiny for someone wonderful. But wonderful, shinyful things can be VERY expensive... What is a Love Monster to do? A heart-warming remember-the-important-things-in-life story about how presents don't have to cost the earth to mean the world!

Benjamin and the Super Spectacles

Benjamin and the Super Spectacles

Author: Rachel Bright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2013

The second fantastic tale from the Wonderful World of Walter and Winnie - an enchanting new picture book series from Rachel Bright. At the top of a very tall hill in a very small place called Woollybottom, is a horseshoe of houses. Walter lives in one house and Winnie lives next door, which is lucky, because Walter & Winnie are the best of friends. And Benjamin Bounce lives very close by. Benjamin's favourite things are: 1.Bouncing 2.Bouncing higher... Benjamin is full of beans. He just never stops bouncing. But this story is about the time when his bounce got him a some very big bumps on the head... Unique picture book talent, Rachel Bright, has created the wacky world of Woollybottom, a little town that sits on top of a very tall hill, and home to best friends, Walter and Winnie, and a whole host of other charming characters. Each book in the series gently and humorously addresses a `first experience' that all young children will be able to relate to, in Rachel's inimitable style.

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